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CO Financial Tip: Start Saving Now for This Winter's Utility Bills

June 30, 2009

DENVER, Colo. - It's a somber celebration for the only statewide organization in Colorado that helps low-income Coloradans pay their energy bills. Energy Outreach Colorado has been around for 20 years, but there's little birthday cake around the office this summer. Executive director Skip Arnold says they're more focused on the upcoming winter, when higher energy costs and decreased assistance for those struggling to pay utility bills are expected to hit people harder than in the past.

"It could well be the most challenging winter, next winter, that we've ever seen in our twenty years."

Arnold says they're anticipating drops in both state and federal funding for energy assistance for low-income seniors and families. He adds that Colorado families and seniors should plan now to pay more this winter to heat their homes, especially those who have relied on assistance in the past.

"The out-of-pocket costs for households that do receive assistance, or did last year, will much more than double next winter."

He says many low-income households often can't afford to make expensive energy-efficient upgrades, but there are simple no-cost and low-cost actions to take to reduce bills.

"People can put in compact fluorescent light bulbs, make sure that their furnace is running efficiently, keep curtains open on the south side of the house during the winter."

Arnold says one positive note is that individual donors have been digging deeper to help the cause.

Federal energy assistance funding had been increased in 2008, but Arnold says President Obama's current budget has reduced funding by 37 percent.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO